Ecosystem Mapping in Europe

Tuesday, 15. February 2022

In an recent workshop hosted by the team of Technical University Dortmund, Social Innovation experts discussed key elements for Ecosystem Mapping.

On 25th November 2021, 25 social innovation researchers and other experts came together in an online workshop conducted by TU Dortmund University (Social Research Centre) in the framework of the ESIA (European Social Innovation Alliance) project. The main aim of this workshop was to exchange knowledge and ideas on the most important factors to understand social innovation (SI) ecosystems. Participants came from projects in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. The group also welcomed Max Bulakovskiy (OECD). Most researchers and experts are currently working on social innovation ecosystem mappings to provide national Competence Centres for Social Innovation from the project family with a solid knowledge base.
During the workshop, researchers expressed their research interests and discussed what is important to understand about social innovation ecosystems from a research perspective. Some striking recommendations for decision-makers emerge from the results of the discussion.

In the paper, they share their findings on how what is needed…
…when funding social innovation
…at the policy level
…in capacity building
…to connect initiatives
…to enable open minded collaboration at eye level
…to enable experimentation
…to enable benefits on a wider scale

You can download the full paper below

Social Innovation Ecosystems: A First Glimpse


The European Social Innovation Alliance is a joint project of Centre for Social Investment, Danish Design Centre, Danish Social Innovation Academy, Diakonie Schleswig-Holstein, FASE GmbH, Foundation for Civil Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, Institute for Work and Technology, Phineo gAG, Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V., Shipyard Foundation, Social Enterprise Estonia, Social Innovation Exchange, Tallinn University, Technical University Dortmund, Võru County Development Agency with the lead partner Social Impact gGmbH and is funded by the European Commission via the European Social Fund and the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.